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Commenting article: Bulgaria Ranks Last in EU by Use of Internet for Online Shopping

Bulgarian consumers rank last in the EU by the use of internet for access to entertainment, cultural enrichment and for making online purchases.

The data is included in a report of the European Commission (EC), presented by the Bulgarian Consumer Protection Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva.
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#1
CJB - 9 Mar 2009 // 14:11:17

You can also use the private postal service T-Post for internal or international mail. Tip-Top Courier run this and they also do a good and inexpensive courier service in Sofia and around BG. For receiving goods from abroad, UPS, FedEx or DHL work fine

#2
fishbrain - 9 Mar 2009 // 00:44:14

Shopping on the internet for dummies..

Use UPS to Bulgaria.
Make sure the package is insured.

I have never lost a package but then again I am not so stupid to get something sent anywhere without taking some basic measures such as secure-post.

If sending anything within Bulgaria then use:

EKONT or
SPEEDY

cheapest services and reliable... they speak English

NEVER USE ..BG POST internally!

BG-POST works for sending packages out of Bulgaria but way too expensive so don't bother except for letters and postcards.

#3
CJB - 8 Mar 2009 // 19:07:50

Yes, theft of post is a huge problem. The other problem is that online shopping is against the law in BG! Some legal restrictions dating from the 1990s designed to stop fraudulent distance selling mean it is not possible to use PayPal or similar payment services in BG.

#4
Ikky - 8 Mar 2009 // 13:28:42

Bulgarian Post is 100% reliable. You can absolutely rely on your mail or package being stolen and/or not arriving. We have NEVER had a package arrive that was sent through Bulgarian Post. ALWAYS stolen. Many, Many times.

#5
DMG - 7 Mar 2009 // 23:15:52

Part of this mistrust is due to the fact that many companies do not ship to Bulgaria, do not accept the lev, or only target countries that people will shop without thought. There are many outsourcing companies here but few actually target the local market due to the markup value of the products. People seem to do fine with the products locally without having to take the risk of online marketing.

I feel if this was a EU concern they ought to extend the same garuantees to the newer members of the Union as they do the criticizing major nations.

#6
DMG - 7 Mar 2009 // 23:09:25

Part of this mistrust is due to the fact that many companies do not ship to Bulgaria, do not except the lev, or only target countries that people will shop without thought. There are many outsourcing companies here but few actually target the local market due to the markup value of the products. People seem to do fine with the products locally without having to take the risk of online marketing.

I feel if this was a EU concern they ought to extend the same garuantees to the newer members of the Union as they do the criticizing major nations.

#7
NellieotAmerica - 7 Mar 2009 // 22:11:17

People, you are in Bulgaria. The voice of reason has NO place there.

#8
tomolly - 7 Mar 2009 // 22:09:13

Whole heartedly agree, njc.

#9
ngc800 - 7 Mar 2009 // 21:22:49

In Bulgaria obstacles to online shopping are: 1. The BG Customs; and 2. The BG Post Service. Anyone who has shopped online or received a package from abroad would rather pay 100% more for an item at the local store than ever deal with these two "institutions" again.

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